Arkup Mobile Overwater Villas

Combining elements of a houseboat, luxury yacht, and oil rig, Arkup Mobile Overwater Villas propose a new solution for maritime living. Designed by Dutch architect Koen Olthuis, the 4,350 square-foot solar-powered inaugural model offers four bedrooms, a living room, kitchen, and laundry room, outfitted with high-end finishes and floor-to-ceiling windows. Its unique hydraulic self-elevating system can lift it above the waves, keep you safe in a storm — it’s designed to withstand a Category 4 hurricane — and transform the moving vessel into a stationary home, making it more permanent than a yacht yet far less constricting than a shoreline condo.

Dubai Floating Luxury Villa ‘Floating Seahorse’

Launched at the Dubai International Boat Show, Kleindienst Group‘s “Floating Seahorse” is a contemporary marine yacht that boasts underwater rooms with breathtaking views. Intelligently designed, engineered and developed in Dubai, the unique concept will be limited to just 42 units. The aquatic style retreat’s master bedroom and bathroom will be totally submerged in the clear sea, delivering pictures of the surrounding coral reef and ocean life. Moving up to the luxury boat’s sea level, the accommodation which includes a fully-fitted kitchen with a dining area and an open plan living area, has floor to ceiling windows, offering uninterrupted ocean scenes. Furthermore, when the glass façade is open, the sun deck becomes an extension of the living space. On the upper deck, the floor is suitable for alfresco dining and relaxation, featuring an informal bed, mini bar, kitchenette and a glass-bottomed jacuzzi. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2016. CEO of Kleindienst Group, Josef Kleindienst comments, “since launching the floating seahorse we have been inundated with local, regional and international inquiries. we are excited to not just offer people a once in a lifetime investment opportunity in dubai but on a global scale. the floating seahorse is not restricted to dubai waters and can be designed and fabricated in Dubai for other resorts and destinations worldwide.” Josef explains “the seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed. Very soon, people will be able to see up-close and personal, the beautiful and elegant arabian horse of the ocean – the seahorse!”